A biker who will be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life following a horrific crash has been awarded an additional £500,000 in compensation after a Bristol based legal firm’s accident claim help was inadequate.
54 year old biker, Kenny Jordan, has successfully sued Bristol based law firm Clarke Wilmott for professional negligence after they settled his accident claim for £512,000 without even paying him a visit, reported in ‘The Post’ in Bristol on the 14th.
The accident, which occurred in May 2004, involved a vehicle pulling out of a parking space in front of his bike, causing him to crash into a bollard. Jordan was in hospital for 7 months recovering from his injuries and will now spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
Once Jordan realised the firm had settled for too little with his accident claim help was available in the form of Paul Mulderrig of Mulderrigs, who took on Jordan’s case for professional negligence. Mulderrig stated to The Post that nobody from Clarke Wilmott ever went to see the victim and that no witness interviews or expert medical evidence was obtained in relation to the accident claim help that Jordan received.
Although the original claim was settled for an amount in excess of half a million, Mulderrig was of the opinion that Clarke Wilmott should have been looking for a settlement of £1million or more.
Personal injury specialists, Accident Advice Helpline, have responded to this story by stressing the importance of using one of the competent claim management companies around when in need of quality accident claim help. Their spokesperson, David Brown, highlighted the benefits of choosing an accident claim manager to pursue claims for compensation.
“Some people think all we do is answer the phone and then hand on the claim to a solicitor, but our role is much more important than this. We endeavour to treat every case as an individual and to call on years of expertise in the business through matching the claimant to the solicitor with the most relevant experience for their case.
“As well as this,” he continued, “we make sure all our clients go to reputable solicitors who offer them a no win no fee* solution to their needs, so there is no concern about the costs of the advice and support they are getting. Situations such as the recent events involving the biker just shouldn’t happen and a bit of accident claim help from an experienced claim manager would have revealed straight away that they should have been settling for a million or more.”
Accident Advice Helpline sums up their purpose in life as being ‘the ones who fight for the little guy’ and have been striving for many years to ensure any person who has been unlawfully and unnecessarily injured through no fault of their own has access to the very best legal representation available, regardless of their own personal financial situation.
Source: Bristol Post
Date Published: August 21, 2012
Author: David Brown